Judaism
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Judaism

by Ian Graham
     
 

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Six studies of six faiths.

The World Religions series explores the major religions of our world today. Focusing on the six main religions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism, each title looks first at one person's experience, and then examines the facts, arguments and opinions from around the globe. Special debate

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Six studies of six faiths.

The World Religions series explores the major religions of our world today. Focusing on the six main religions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism, each title looks first at one person's experience, and then examines the facts, arguments and opinions from around the globe. Special debate panels, supported by a wealth of resource material, invite the reader to discuss the issues that are currently shaping our world.

Young readers will learn about their own faiths and will receive answers to important questions such as: What is Jewish Law? What is enlightenment? Do Sikhs believe in an afterlife? Should we question the truth of religious books such as the Bible? What does the Hindu way of life aim for? These questions and many more are explored in detail, providing readers with a glossary and resource guide for further reading.

Written by educators, these books are well researched, carefully written, and are credible resources for young students. Parents will appreciate the open and sensitive treatment of each religion. The World Religions series is an important contribution to helping increase cultural awareness and promote tolerance.

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Children's Literature
This Canadian title is a detailed look at Judaism, organized in a reader-friendly question-and-answer format. The book begins with Jonathan's Story, in which the fifteen-year-old narrator describes his life as a Conservative Jew in New York City. The opening chapter, "What Is Judaism?" makes clear that the word actually stands for "the entire culture, history, and civilization of the Jewish people." Chapters about all of these subjects are fascinating. Especially notable is, "Has Judaism changed in recent times?" which gives one of the most succinct, clearly written pictures of anti-Semitism I have seen in a children's book. A clever touch is sidebars of different colors indicating either additional information (pink) or possible subjects for debate (blue). Unfortunately, two omissions strike me as very odd. Joseph's experiences in Egypt are not mentioned at all; it seems that the Israelites settled in Egypt when there was a famine in Canaan. Then, when the author talks about "What language do Jews speak?" he leaves something out. Although Sephardic Jews have been mentioned in passing, nothing is said about Ladino, the Yiddish of the Sephardim. These are major omissions, and therefore I cannot recommend this book. Part of the "World Religions Series." 2004, Whitecap, Ages 10 up.
—Judy Silverman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552856567
Publisher:
Whitecap Books, Limited
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Series:
World Religions Series
Pages:
58
Sales rank:
744,777
Product dimensions:
6.74(w) x 9.48(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
9 Years

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Meet the Author

Ian Graham has written many educational books on peoples and countries of the world. On this book, he worked closely with Rabbi Dr. Charles Middleburgh, a former Executive Director of the Union of Liberal and Progressive Judaism in the U.K.

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